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Dr. Panton received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds degrees in mechanical engineering, engineering, and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and Wichita State University. Early in his career, he worked for five years in the aircraft industry and with the U.S. Air Force. He was involved in the prediction of engine performance and analysis of flight test results on a Mach 2 fighter aircraft and worked on the X-15 Research Rocket Plane project.
The principal investigator on over thirty research grants, Ronald L. Panton has focused his research activities primarily on fluid flows and acoustics. He has conducted experimental, theoretical, and numerical studies on a wide variety of projects. His research in turbulent wall layers has centered on correlation laws for mean and fluctuating quantities, in particular, the wall pressure statistics. Other work deals with interaction of turbulence, orifices, and acoustic resonators.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Fluid dynamics